Started in 1997, the Black Hills Federal Credit Union School Supply Drive annually collects and distributes more than 90,000 supplies for more than 6,000 local students in need. This effort is supported by a growing network of individuals and businesses who donate time, supplies and monetary contributions.
We always look forward to the Drive. Obviously, we love to help students in need. But, it's also an incredible reminder of how fortunate we are to be a part of this community. There are so many individuals and organizations invested in the cause. It's both humbling and inspiring.
Donations are tax deductible and can be made to the Black Hills FCU Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) Organization. For details, contact Heidi Bulman at 605.718.6155.
Here at BHFCU, we aim to embody the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People." Our Community Action Team is comprised of groups of employees, who volunteer their time and energy to co-chair various fundraising endeavors. We're committed to improving the communities BHFCU serves and the lives of those who call the area home.
Projects in January
United Blood Services
BHFCU employees donated blood during the United Blood Services blood drive at the corporate office this month.
Projects in 2015 ...
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
January - February
While temperatures dropped, BHFCU employees Shared the Warmth with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission-- and invited members to help. Both employees and members raised more than $800 and collected 35 blankets, 8 pillows, 4 pillow cases, and 7 sets of sheets.
Valentines for Veterans
January - February
In an effort to show veterans how grateful we are for everything they've done for our country, BHFCU employees created nearly 1,000 valentines and distributed the hand-crafted cards on Valentine's Day!
Readiatrics Book Drive
February - May
A whopping 1,889 books were donated to the South Dakota Department of Health by BHFCU employees and members. The Department of Health will distribute the books to children receiving care.
BHFCU employees feasted on festive food for a fundraising TAILgate. Employees raised $950 for Western Hills Humane Society in Spearfish, Battle Mountain Humane Society in Hot Springs, and Humane Society of the Black Hills in Rapid City.
WAVI, WEAVE, Artemis House, Sacred Heart
Both employee and members donated funds and personal care items. In total, we collected $810, 554 items and 10 bags of clothes for domestic violence shelters in Rapid City, Custer, Spearfish and Eagle Butte.
Troop Care Packages
Employees supported our troops and raised more than $1,142 with a patriotic potluck. Funds raised went toward creating care packages for South Dakota soldiers overseas.
Bowl for Kid's Sake
BHFCU bowlers had generosity to spare and they were ready to strike! The group raised more than $1,195 for Bowl for Kid's Sake benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills. That total even earned BHFCU the title of Top Business Fundraiser!
Children's Home Society
100% of the proceeds from the concessions stand at BHFCU's for the 25th Annual Member Auto Sale--more than $400!--benefitted Children's Home Society of South Dakota and their mission to protect, support and enhance the lives of children, women and families.
American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
Employees joined the fight against cancer and raised nearly $930 for American Cancer Society - Relay for Life through various restaurant fundraisers and participation in the Relay for Life Pennington County event.
Feeding South Dakota Food Drive
BHFCU employees helped raise nearly 290 pounds of non-perishable food items, and over $645 to benefit Feeding South Dakota and local food banks.
Children's Miracle Network
BHFCU employees helped raise nearly $2,596.00 in the weeks leading up to the 25th Annual Great Black Hills Duck Race! The funds were used to provide services for children at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
19th Annual School Supply Drive
July - August
The annual School Supply Drive distributed over 85,000 school supplies to more than 6,000 students across South Dakota. The supplies will ensure that students in more than 60 schools in 14 communities have a successful start to their school year.
Pierre Area Referral Services BackPack Program
BHFCU employees raised $402.00 in jeans day funds to benefit the Pierre Area Referral Service BackPack Program, which provides meals to at-risk children. Employees also volunteered to prepare hundreds of meals for the program.
Employees donated over $1,000 to see seven of their coworkers get iced for ALS. The seven were iced only after employees raised a certain amount. See the video of the icing here.
United Way of the Black Hills
BHFCU employees proved that a group of people working toward a common cause can make a huge difference; they pledged $12,741 toward the United Way of the Black Hills last year!
Every Friday BHFCU employees donate $2 each to a worthy cause for the opportunity to wear jeans. The following organizations have benefited from Jeans Days in 2015: Cornerstone Rescue Mission, Front Porch Coalition, Humane Society of the Black Hills, March of Dimes, Working Against Violence Inc., South Dakota Department of Health Offices, Wellspring, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Troops Care Packages, the Relay for Life - Rapid City, Feeding South Dakota, the Children's Miracle Network, the Pierre Area Referral Service BackPack Program, and the American Heart Association.